In an Emergency

Protecting your pets in an emergency situation

An estimated 63% of households in Australia have at least one pet, one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world!

It is vital that you include your pets in your emergency plans.

Plan to leave early

  • Stay Informed! Evacuating with animals can take time, especially if you need to make multiple journeys with different animals. Have your pet’s emergency kit and carrier ready to go. Make sure it includes a lead, medications and important documents

Plan where you'll go

  • Emergency services can't help evacuate your pets or larger animals in emergency situations, and not all evacuation centres will accept them
  • Your animals may need to go to different places - this could be with friends, family, boarding kennels or cattery’s or agistment centres
  • Animals will require a constant source of water and food, shade and safe place to shelter

Have a Plan B

  • Plan for what will happen if it’s unsafe to return home
  • Speak to neighbours or nearby friends about what you would like them to do if you're not home (and offer them your support if they're away)
  • Include the following phone numbers in your emergency plan:
    • your veterinarian
    • RSPCA WA or other local animal welfare agencies
    • help number for injured and trapped wildlife, ranger and animal rescue services
    • neighbours, family or friends who may be of assistance.

Preparation saves lives!

Watch our videos which takes you through the things you can do now to prepare for an emergency when you have animals at home!

Preparing your emergency plan with large animals

Preparing for an emergency with small animals at home

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